Board names new Owen County High principal

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By Molly Haines

On Aug. 30,  students will say goodbye to Owen County High School Principal Shannon Treece and hello to their new leader, Danny Osborne.

Osborne, a 33-year-old principal at Virgie Middle School in Pike County, signed his contract with the Owen County School District Monday.

Owen County Schools Interim Superintendent Don Martin announced the new hire during Monday evening’s Owen County Board of Education meeting.

The search for a new OCHS principal began after Treece stepped down from her post for a position with the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative.

Osborne, who has been a principal for six years, said he was looking for a position in different areas when he was put in touch with Martin.

“I came down to Owen County and Mr. Martin introduced me to some of the staff,” Osborne said. “I was also introduced to staff at some of the other schools because I have two small children I will be bringing with me. Everyone I met was genuinely and sincerely nice to me. The whole atmosphere of the community was just great.”

Osborne said he had worked with Treece in the past and was aware of some of the programs at OCHS.

“I had done some research, too,” Osborne said. “There seems to be some outstanding instructional programs taking place in Owen County and I’d really like to build onto that.”

Osborne said he worked as a language arts special education teacher for four years before becoming principal at Virgie Middle School, where he has been for six years.

“I’m very excited to be coming into a high school atmosphere,” Osborne said. “It’s going to be a big change but I think at the high school level I will have more of an opportunity to change the students’ lives for the better and get the students more prepared for a post-secondary life. I’m really excited about that transition.”

Osborne said he hopes to bring in new programs for gifted and talented students, dual credit, literacy and math programs.

Osborne is married to Chrystal and the two have two children, an 11-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl.

“They’re really excited about coming into the community, too,” Osborne said. “A lot of times with kids you don’t see that excitement about moving to a different area, but they can’t wait.”

Osborne said he can’t wait to lead OCHS students into the future.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am,” Osborne said. “I can’t wait to get there and I’d like to emphasize that Owen County High School already has some excellent things going on, but I’m ready to jump in and start on some new things and add to what’s already there.”